Shovel Ready
328 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
26 illustrations
Release Date:25 Jan 2013
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Shovel Ready

Archaeology and Roosevelt's New Deal for America

Edited by Bernard K. Means; Introduction by Bernard K. Means
University of Alabama Press
Shovel Ready provides a comprehensive lens through which to view the New Deal period, a fascinating and prolific time in American archaeology.
In this collection of diverse essays united by a common theme, Bernard K. Means and his contributors deliver a valuable research tool for practicing archaeologists and historians of archaeology, as well as New Deal scholars in general.
To rescue Americans from economic misery and the depths of despair during the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created several New Deal jobs programs to put people to work. Men and women labored on a variety of jobs, from building roads to improving zoos. Some ordinary citizens—with no prior experience—were called on to act as archaeologists and excavate sites across the nation, ranging in size from small camps to massive mound complexes, and dating from thousands of years ago to the early Colonial period.
Shovel Ready contains essays on projects ranging across the breadth of the United States, including New Deal investigations in California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Some essays engage in historical retrospectives. Others bring the technologies of the twenty-first century, including accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) dating of curated collections and geophysical surveys at New Deal–excavated sites, to bear on decades-old excavations. The volume closes with an investigation into material remnants of the New Deal itself.
John L. Cordell / John F. Doershuk / David H. Dye /Scott W. Hammerstedt / Janet R. Johnson / Kevin Kiernan /Gregory D. Lattanzi /Patrick C. Livingood / Anna R. Lunn / Bernard K.  Means / Stephen E. Nash / Amanda L. Regnier / Sissel Schroeder / James R. Wettstaed
Shovel Ready makes an original and significant contribution to the history of American archaeology and adds a seldom-noticed dimension to Roosevelt’s New Deal.’—Alice Beck Kehoe, author of Controversies in Archaeology and coeditor of Expanding American Anthropology, 1945–1980: A Generation Reflects
Shovel Ready is a significant contribution to North American archaeology that should be read by archaeologists working across North America, especially east of the Mississippi.’—April M. Beisaw, coeditor of The Archaeology of Institutional Life
Bernard K. Means teaches anthropology and is the author of Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition.
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